Creating fiscal space for universal social pensions: Taxing the top 1%

Is Nigeria's social protection on the cusp of transformation?

This paper is the result of a global review of the effectiveness of different methods of selecting social protection recipients, both targeted and universal schemes. The work, supported by the Church of Sweden, considered the effectiveness of 38 programmes across 23 low- and middle-income countries, including means-tested schemes and those using proxy means testing, community-based targeting, self-targeted and pension testing.

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On the occasion of the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, UNICEF and the GAGE consortium coordinated by ODI invite you to attend: Gender- and Adolescent-Responsive Social Protection: Unleashing the Potential of Social Protection for Adolescent Girls and Women

Location: Conference Room 1 (CR1), United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY 10017

Time: 10:00 – 11:15 (EST) / 15:00-16:15 (GMT) 

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This paper aims to outline good strategies and practices in designing and implementing gender- and child-sensitive cash transfer programmes (CTPs) based on international experience. The paper’s focus on single programme features underlines the significance of considering anticipated effects on women and children during each step of programme design, implementation and evaluation.

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Slide presentation of the webinar held on 7 February 2019. Within the growing literature on ‘shock responsive social protection’, the potential role played by social assistance data and information systems (e.g. social registries and beyond) is often discussed.

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Exploring policy measures to address the disempowering effects of social assistance schemes on women

The main argument of the paper is that accelerating gender equality in all spheres of society leads to a more rapid increase in progress towards achieving sustainable development. Evidence collected in this paper shows that gender equality is critical to promoting economic growth and labour productivity, reducing poverty, enhancing human capital through health and education, attaining food security, addressing climate change impacts and strengthening resilience to disasters, and ensuring more peaceful and inclusive communities.

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There is increasing evidence that social protection programmes, including cash transfers, have positive impacts on human development and well-being, including that of adolescents. However, to date adolescence (10–19 years) has been underprioritised by programme designers compared to early childhood. In particular, given the increasing salience of gender norms over the course of adolescence, too little attention has been paid to the ways in which age- and gender-related vulnerabilities intersect to limit girls’ and boys’ multidimensional capabilities.

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Gender equality is at the forefront of the global development agenda. It is included as a standalone target (SDG 5) in the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as contributing to other Goals. At the same time, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasises the central role social protection plays in addressing poverty and inequality, including by recognising and valuing unpaid care and domestic work in the pursuit of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

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